Just re-sold Soothsayer, the first of the Penelope Bailey books, to Arc Manor.

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Interview on No-Heavy-Lifting Sales

Here’s the link to an interview I just did on what I call “No-Heavy-Lifting Sales” (by which I mean reprints, foreign sales, audio sales, etc.). I think newcomers and hopeful writers may find it very useful:

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New story sold

Just sold a short story, “Tartaros”, to Bryan Thomas Schmidt’s forthcoming anthology, Mission: Tomorrow.

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I’ll be attending DragonCon in Atlanta on Labor Day weekend. If anyone wants to look me up, here’s my schedule:

Friday, August 29:

4:00 PM – Regency V – Hyatt

Pyr Rising (Me, Lou Anders, Joel Shepherd, Jon Sprunk,

Clay & Susan Griffith)


5:30 PM – Augusta 1-2 — Westin

Building Alternate Worlds and Times (Me, Cherie Priest,

S. M. Stirling, James R. Tuck, Delilal Dawson)


10:00 PM – Embassy D-F – Hyatt

Fightin’ and Writin’ (Me, John Ringo, Bob Mayer, Chris A. Jackson)


Saturday, August 30:

3:00 PM – sign at Larry and Sally’s table


Sunday, August 31 – 5:30 PM – Embassy D-F – Hyatt

Getting Invited Into Anthologies: (Me, Lynn Abbey, Lee Martindale,

S. M. Stirling, Stephen Antczak)




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The New Mystery Novel is Out

For those who wonder if a science fiction writer can turn out a decent mystery series, here’s a review excerpt of the just-released CAT ON A COLD TIN ROOF, third in the Eli Paxton series, from Publisher’s Weekly: “Good times ensue for fans of Cincinnati or old-school PI yarns or both.”

And from Kings River Life: “The genre-blending, award-winning author of numerous science fiction, fantasy, and mystery novels continues his streak of crafting unique characters, plots and places with his own distinct mark.”

And from “Cat on a Cold Tin Roof” is a quick and easy read filled with twists and turns that will keep you entertained and guessing from beginning to end. The characters are so believable you’d think they were your neighbors, friends, family. If you like your private investigators to be a little old fashioned (no computers, cell phones or GPS), smart, but with a sense of humor, then you’re in for a treat.”

And from “Mr. Resnick’s prose is so fluid and easy, you simply go along for the ride until the intricate and meticulously constructed plot keeps you glued to the page. The characters are very well developed, colourful and endearing, even those who would seem unlikely to fill the part. CAT ON A COLD TIN ROOF is the third book in the Eli Paxton Mysteries series; the author was new to me, and I’m very pleased to say that I am most definitely looking forward to the next book in the series!”

Not bad for its first couple of days of release.

The New Mystery Novel is Out

The New Mystery Novel is Out

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The Resnick/Malzberg Dialoges #18: Professionalism

NOTE: this article first appeared in the pages of SFWA Bulletin 158, Summer, 2003.

MIKE: Since I’ve been writing a column (elsewhere) for beginning writers, I’ve been asked, from time to time, exactly what a writer owes his editor and publisher, and what they in turn owe the writer.

First and foremost, of course, each of them owes a certain adherence to the terms of the contract. The writer owes his editor a manuscript of X number of words that bears at least a passing resemblance to the synopsis that was used to make the sale. The editor owes the writer his support and his best editorial judgment. The publisher owes the writer Z dollars upon acceptance, and whatever the contract calls for in terms of promotion.

But what else do they owe one another? What other obligations has a writer got—if any? How about an editor? A publisher? Are the terms of the contract the end-all be-all, other that a certain degree of civility, or are there certain general obligations of professionalism that accrue to every writer and editor and publisher, whether spelled out in terms of the contract or not?
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Memorable Meals

I’m on Lawrence Schoen’s blog at

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Cover to Mike Resnick’s Worldcons

Mike Resnick's Worldcons coverHere’s the cover to Mike Resnick’s Worldcons, which will come out, appropriately enough, at the forthcoming Worldcon in London. Though it’s from an Italian publisher, it will be in English, in a limited numbered edition.

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The Resnick/Malzberg Dialogues #17: The State of the Field

NOTE: this article first appeared in the pages of SFWA Bulletin 157, Spring, 2003.

MIKE: I’ve heard some mighty dire predictions about the future of science fiction. There are those who say it’s moribund, and others who say that’s an optimistic appraisal. Publishers are cutting back, advances are in the toilet, sales have never been worse—you know the litany.

I think it certainly deserves some consideration. I don’t think it’s ever been harder to break in, and sales are down, and there are probably less of us making a living from the literature than there were 3 years ago.

But, being a contrarian, I think the reports of science fiction’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. Let’s take a serious look at the situation:
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New book to debut at Worldcon

What’s Worldcon without a new book? Just sold Mike Resnick’s Worldcons, a 100,000-worder, to Luigi Petruzelli’s Edizioni Della Vigna, where it will be published in *English* in time for LonCon, the 2014 Worldcon to be held in London. It contains a bunch of my Worldcon diaries and reminiscences that appeared over the years in Challenger and Mimosa, transcriptions of my Toastmaster (1988) and Guest of Honor (2012) speeches, some articles I did for various program books and progress reports, and a couple of new pieces. Maybe even some photos if he can fit them in. I’ve been enjoying these things for over half a century; it was high time I did something permanent about it.

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